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alan reed

In the words of Keef'n'Mick.. 'Please, let me introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste'.

I'm Alan Reed, formerly lead singer of Scots Prog-Rock legends, Pallas, and now working as a solo artist. I've been asked to share with you the gore and glamour of life on the road as I take to the Motorways of Britain as support to the glamorous, pouting It Bites.

First an explanation. We're doing six UK dates together. Plymouth, Bristol, Southampton, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Glasgow. It Bites will be making their usual technically dextrous racket, and I'll be ploughing a slightly gentler furrow with an acoustic set. There'll be songs from my new album 'First In A Field Of One', and a few Pallas numbers re-worked for the occasion.

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First date is this coming Saturday at Plymouth's White Rabbit. Now, usually before a tour of this magnitude you'd imagine I'd be strumming away for dear life trying desperately to instil the correct word/chord interface into my aged brain. You'd be wrong.

In the real world I have to balance the needs of my main employer, the BBC, with my musical ones. Thus I am running BBC News' Northern Bureau from our Salford office for a week instead of practising guitar. This is akin to herding cats with a headful of rats. It's a bit stressy, so getting the mental space to make time for music isn't a realistic option. But I'm living in a hotel and drinking too much so it's sort of like being on tour anyway :-)

I am not, however, unduly concerned. Mark (Spencer - keys/bass) and I have been playing these songs a fair bit now and I think we're fairly tight. We might have a bit of a run-through on the day of the first gig. Mark's in two other bands (Twelfth Night/Galahad), so I have to check he's actually remembered the right songs. We're being joined later by Jen (Clark - bass) and Callum (McCallum, guitar) for the last four gigs.

I've got a few hours booked in a rehearsal studio on the day of their first gig, so we can iron out the wrinkles. I know Callum's got his tour preparations under way, cause he called me from the cash and carry to ask what kind of beer I wanted and how many cases. I like this 'can-do' attitude, and can see he's thinking ahead. :-)

In some ways this is the best way to approach a tour. Being acoustic our technical demands aren't complex and we can just worry abut the music. I sorted out the accomodation weeks ago, I know where all the venues are and I have enough spare strings. Just the small matter of a long journey back to Surrey from Salford, followed by an early start for Plymouth. Let the games begin!!! :-)




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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